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Appreciation to TIDAL
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I have a love and hate relationship with TIDAL which I hope resolves itself in the near future.
I absolutely love the fact that they have lossless CD quality streaming. And, although it's still very limited, I also love their Masters collection at 96khz. Unfortunately, it's their collection of music that's been most disappointing. The more I use TIDAL, the more I discover that their library is missing a lot of music, albums, singles, b-sides etc. Apple music has this problem too. It seems like, out of all of them, only Spotify has a very very solid collection of music including foreign artists. It's my greatest hope that this issue is only a licensing problem and that TIDAL's library will soon catch up with their competitors.
The library of music is only one of its flaws. It also fails in their radio playlists and recommendations. Their library organization and the algorithm they're using to pull the tracks together into a radio playlist or a recommendation is not that accurate in terms of similarity to your reference track. Spotify does this well. And, as much as I love hip-hop, TIDAL has a problem with being one dimensional where everything on dashboard tends to be hip-hop / RnB centered with very few other genres or artists featured. The UI has issues too, but there are too many to get into that.
All things considered, I'm still battling with whether or not to cancel my $20 subscription with TIDAL. After spending about 8 years listening to only compressed music once the internet took over, its a friggin' delight to hear things in lossless format. Ugh... I don't know. I always tell myself I'll cancel it at the end of the month, but I never do. The audio is sooooo good.
I totally get you because I sometimes feel the same way as you do. It is not perfect (nor near perfect by any means) but such a great service to get the best audio quality out of our smart devices especially on the go.I think it is still the cheapest way to access that level of audio quality within the competition. Buying FLACs still costs way much more.